A Few Matches
I Lost - and How

John Yandell

Winning 52% of your total points makes you number one.

In the last article (Click Here) I talked about how I adapted my game to win matches in NTRP and seniors tournaments. Although I was successful, won a couple of tournaments, and was ranked in several divisions in Norcal, there were plenty of players I couldn't or didn't beat, including a few that stood out as lost opportunities, and losses I tried to learn from.

These were all essentially mental and emotional breakdowns. I suspect many of our subscribers have had similar experiences.

Remember in a close match, the winner might win only a handful more total points. When he was number one in the world, Novak Djokovic led the tour by winning 52% of his points. So here are some examples of close matches I played that went the other way and why I think they did.


In my first year of playing NTRP tournaments, I got to the semi-final of a 4.5. The two guys in the other semi I knew and had actually beaten. I also had seen the guy I was playing and knew I could beat him.

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John Yandell is widely acknowledged as one of the leading videographers and students of the modern game of professional tennis. His high speed filming for Advanced Tennis and Tennisplayer have provided new visual resources that have changed the way the game is studied and understood by both players and coaches. He has done personal video analysis for hundreds of high level competitive players, including Justine Henin-Hardenne, Taylor Dent and John McEnroe, among others.

In addition to his role as Editor of Tennisplayer he is the author of the critically acclaimed book Visual Tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.

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